Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

In an effort to empower medical professionals to identify patients struggling with addiction as soon as possible, the state is launching a new Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).

Registration for the PA PDMP opens on August 8, 2016. Once you have registered, the PA PDMP system will be ready for query starting on August 25, 2016. The PA PDMP will increase the quality of patient care by giving prescribers and pharmacists access to their patients’ controlled substance prescription history.

All schedule II – V prescriptions dispensed to outpatients are collected by the PA PDMP within 72 hours of having been filled. Our web portal, will enable providers to easily lookup patients’ controlled substance prescription history before prescribing.

By using the PA PDMP system, dentists and other providers will play a key role in reducing opioid abuse and overdoses. Most importantly, providers will be able to identify patients struggling with substance use disorder, so that they can help them get the treatment they need.

Once the program is launched in August, prescribers may query the system for each patient when the patient is prescribed a controlled substance for the first time. Providers may also search the system if they have reason to believe that a patient may be abusing or diverting drugs.

To make consistent use of the PA PDMP system more practicable, prescribers can grant access to any delegates under their employment or supervision to query the system on their behalf.

There are no penalties for not using the PA PDMP system but the state asks that providers do their part to combat opioid abuse by checking the system every time you prescribe a controlled substance.

Click here for more information on the PDMP.